Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents



Letter to Douglas Hudson from his parents


Still no letters from him but they are trying to be brave and patient. Awaiting reply to recent cable. Mentions going into town to post letters and cards. Writes that she had received Christmas ration of sweets and chocolate from the grocer and that there was a shortage of these. Comments on problems of rationing. Catches up with correspondence from friends and family and passes on news.




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Two page handwritten letter


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[inserted] 11-1-42 [/inserted]
191 Halifax Road
Nelson Lancs.
Sunday. 14/12/41
My dear Douglas.
This [inserted] is [/inserted] 8-50 a.m. Sunday & as I am waiting for the 9 o’clock news & as much daylight as we can reasonably expect at this unearthly hour on Sunday morning here are a few more lines to you. The days are passing away without any letters from you & tho’ I am trying to be very brave & patient I do miss my precious letters. Also I am eagerly awaiting the reply to my cable sent a week ago yesterday. Presently I intend to set out on a walk to Nelson town to post my many letters & cards prepared last night including one to Hildred, Vera & Miss Morton, in each case giving our new address. It is a grand morning & I quite enjoy the walk. There are several ways by which I can get to the G.P.O. & this morning I shall go over the hill.
Well love there doesn’t seem to be any news to tell you. So many things go on just as usual in spite of much that is unusual too. My grocer brought my Christmas ration of sweets & chocolates on Friday. You know there is an acute shortage of such things but even so we have
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ample supplies of essential things.
I’ve previously told you that very many things are rationed including clothing. Each adult person has a yearly allowance of 66 coupons & it takes a bit of planning to make the things spin out. I am wondering all this long time if you have received any of my Christmas greetings. A letter from Auntie Gladys yesterday told that they had 3 letters & a cable from John last week. He is in South Africa. Auntie says Kenneth is on night-watching on Christmas Eve but he doesn’t seem to mind. He has 5/- each night for his effort & does not seem to mind it. Auntie Gladys goes out to business now but I don’t know just what she does. She seems very happy & cheerful about it all. They all or any of them seem to take a day or two off when they don’t feel up to the mark & get away with it very well too. Well love I must say Goodbye to you again. When you get this letter it will be nearly time for my birthday. I shall love to think that you are remembering me on that day & we all looking forward always to the time when we can resume our happy celebrations together. With all our love & thoughts & prayers
Mother & Dad
“A Happy New Year.”
755052 Hudson
Camp Militaire
Afrique du Nord.



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